What is the Champions model of training?
The Champion role is not just about providing a training cascade, it is also about leadership and advocacy for the subject. Champions are intended to:
- Become an ambassador for perinatal and infant mental health within their local area
- Become involved in developing and progressing integrated perinatal and infant mental health care pathways in their area
- Act as a central resource to colleagues around perinatal and mental health concerns
- Empower colleagues to raise parity of esteem for perinatal and infant mental health
- Promote evidence-based practice at all levels
The Champions model is excellent for growing the capacity of a workforce to meet its own needs for training, and supports sustainability of the workforce expertise in this area.
We train individuals to become Champions, who can then provide a cascade of training to their colleagues. Using this model ensures that the importance of PIMH is recognised by everyone and that the issue remains high on the agenda of key professions.
We recommend a ratio of 1 Champion per 50 staff to be trained via the cascade, and that the Champions provide the cascade training in carefully selected pairs (i.e. 2 champions: 100 staff to be trained). The cascade will see the Champion pairs providing the training to their colleagues, in cohorts of up to 20 colleagues at a time.
Attributes of a Champion
Attributes of a Champion include:
- Having a passion or interest in perinatal and infant mental health
- Being a good communicator
- Having the confidence to train others from a lesson plan and resources. Does not necessarily need a formal teaching qualification but experience of providing teaching to groups of colleagues
- Being organised and able to evidence delivery of group events on a regular schedule around their current workload
- Having support of their employer to undertake the role to maximise impact, and opportunity to improve outcomes for women and their families perinatally.
An integrated training approach through multi-agency training is central to the future of coordinated and integrated perinatal care. Champions derived from professions and agencies working across the perinatal journey supports a depth of learning brought about through rich discussion leading to greater recognition of roles. The Champions are equipped to deliver a multi-agency cascade in their local area further strengthening joint working.
Talk to us about multi-agency delivery – the Champions programmes have been successfully delivered across professions and agencies and could be suited to participant pairs drawn from:
- mental health medical, nursing and allied health professionals;
- obstetric and midwifery teams, including specialist PIMH midwives;
- health visitors, including specialist PIMH health visitors;
- general practitioners and practice nurses;
- social care – social workers and family support workers;
- early years and children’s centre staff;
- voluntary groups working locally to support families.